AIRBUS came up against an in-form The New Saints outfit in a 6-2 defeat at Park Hall.

But at least academy graduate George Peers gave the Wingmakers some cause for celebration with a second-half brace to give the scoreline a more respectable look.

Peers replaced Alex Darlington just after the hour mark and needed just eight minutes to find the net, before he added his side’s second soon after.

Airbus assistant boss Andrew Thomas saluted Peers, saying: “It’s great for us and George has proved he’s a really good talent.

“We rate him highly and it was great to see him get two chances and score two goals. We are proud of him and hopefully this is just the start.”

Peers wasn’t the only academy graduate that earned the praise of Thomas, who added: “Lewis Hall did very well in goal, as well, making some great saves.”

Greg Draper struck four times, including a “harsh” penalty, with Dean Ebbe and Chris Marriott bookending the Saints’ scoring.

“They are the best team we’ve played this season,” said Thomas. “They were very good and caused us a lot problems.

“We knew it was going to be tough and we found ourselves 4-0 down at half-time.

“We told the lads to go out there and express themselves and we drew the second-half 2-2, which is pleasing.”